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Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:55 -0500

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won OverwhelminglyDemocrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.


Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:42:51 -0500

Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bullsAn autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."


Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background Checks
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:07:39 -0500

Poll Finds Near-Universal Support For Gun Background ChecksA new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the highest support it’s ever surveyed for universal background checks for firearms purchases, with nearly 100 percent of those polled supporting the gun control measure.


Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: Report
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:44:19 -0500

Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: ReportWhite House senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn’t want to give up the interim security clearance that gives him access to highly classified information, even though his current duties likely don’t require him to view top-secret material, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.


New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:40:00 -0500

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History MonthNew York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.


Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:03:58 -0500

Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. reportA garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.


Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:34:01 -0500

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic disputeBRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) — An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.


Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:49 -0500

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's TreasureA fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.


Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:13:07 -0500

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.


Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootings
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:20:42 -0500

Marco Rubio jeered at CNN town hall on school shootingsSen. Marco Rubio endorsed additional gun control legislation after questions from survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.


Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:41:28 -0500

Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out


Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:58:39 -0500

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting ConspiraciesJimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.


Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:16:53 -0500

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered MapPennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania’s new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymandering.


The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:34 -0500

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, RevealedNeed some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?


Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:24 -0500

Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are DemocratsALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.


What Billy Graham's Death And His Son Franklin's Rise Reveal About America
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:46:25 -0500

What Billy Graham's Death And His Son Franklin's Rise Reveal About AmericaBilly Graham died Wednesday at 99


Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:37:50 -0500

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local SupportLocal leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.


Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of vote
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:10:57 -0500

Democrat trounces Republican in Kentucky state race where Trump won with 72% of voteThe Democrats have emphatically won a state House seat in a Kentucky district where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 49 points in 2016. Linda Belcher’s victory in Bullitt County, where she polled more than two-thirds of the vote, is thought to be the Democrats’ 37th gain since the presidential election and is the latest sign of the party’s momentum ahead of pivotal midterms later this year. Rebecca Johnson had denied the accusations against husband Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of “an assault from the left.” However, they were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Centre for Investigative Reporting.


The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:01:38 -0500

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shootingIn the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, it happened again — conspiracy theories circulating claiming that it didn’t really happen, or that it was staged, with actors.


Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:18:37 -0500

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cellTen suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.



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